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Welcome to 2018

Submitted by admin on Wed, 01/03/2018 - 22:14
Massive Protests Erupt in Iran

 

Dear Friends,

Welcome to 2018. It promises to be a year of protest and unrest.

It begins in Iran. These are little understood protests. It says a great deal about the impoverishment of the use of a class analysis in the corporate media that it would like, therefore, to link these protests to the Green Movement of 2009. Those are utterly different - different classes and different horizons. Indeed, the standard bearer of their reformism is now in power in the government and the more radical elements of the Green Movement have been long made marginal.

In Alternet today, I have a brief report

Palestinian Girl in the Picture Writes to the Artists and Writers Who Wrote to Trump: her spirit is irresistible

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Sun, 12/17/2017 - 19:17
Amal

 

 

A week ago or so, I signed a letter in response to Donald Trump's abominable statement on Jerusalem. It was a note that was published in The Guardian and it was signed by about a hundred artists and writers. The text is short,

The Guardian reports (10th December) President Macron’s comment that recent US moves on the status of Jerusalem are a threat to peace. They are much more than that.

In recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Donald Trump seeks to achieve through a declaration what Israel has been trying to do for fifty years through force of arms: to erase Palestinians, as a

Artists' Letter on Trump and Jerusalem

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Tue, 12/12/2017 - 08:40
Palestinians hold a poster of Donald Trump during a protest outside the Damascus Gate

 

 

[I signed a letter that condemns Trump's statement on Jerusalem. This was signed by over a hundred artists from across the world]

 

The Guardian reports (10th December) President Macron’s comment that recent US moves on the status of Jerusalem are a threat to peace. They are much more than that.

In recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Donald Trump seeks to achieve through a declaration what Israel has been trying to do for fifty years through force of arms: to erase Palestinians, as a political and cultural presence, from the life of their own city.

The Palestinian people of Je

Contradictions: Fascism, Hurricanes, Wars

Submitted by admin on Fri, 10/13/2017 - 00:11
Demonstration in Delhi by Sudhanva

 

Dear Friends,

This week, in Kerala and in other parts of India, the Left went out on the streets to fend off a challenge from the fascistic forces - led by the RSS. The Hindu Right's government in Delhi attempted to create mischief in Left-led Kerala, but it was held back by the mobilization of the people. The Left, in this state of 34 million people, built a wall against hatred and intolerance. The picture above, which I love for a million and a half reasons, is taken by Sudhanva (the Managing Editor of LeftWord Books) and is from the demonstration in Delhi.

At Alternet, I have a short re

50 Años Como El Che
50 Años Como El Che
admin Mon, 10/09/2017 - 05:23

 

Dear Friends,

I am coming to you early this week because today is an important day - the 50th anniversary of the murder of Ernesto 'Che' Guevara in the little town of La Higuera, Bolivia. Near where Che was killed sits a statue, erected in 1997, which is said to be the shrine of Santo Ernesto, as the local townspeople call him (see below). The town has become a shrine not only to Che, but to the industry around Che - the cult of the martyr, the commodities to be sold. It would disgust Che. But then he would have to realize that for many people he stood for something. This celebration is no

Strikes, Wars, Floods

Submitted by admin on Sat, 09/16/2017 - 13:43
Sikar

 

Dear Friends,

The picture above is from Sikar, Rajasthan (India). The farmers of the state, organized by the All-India Kisan Sabha, have fought a tough battle against the BJP-ruled government. They wanted the government to implement a set of recommendations from a government commission on the agrarian crisis. The demands, as I note in this blog post here, are basic - humane and uncontroversial if we lived in a different kind of system.

But, of course, we don't live in a different kind of system. We live where we live, in these times of peculiarly harsh intensity. Facts are brutal these day

Unemployment, Social Contract, Modi in Israel

Submitted by admin on Fri, 07/07/2017 - 23:48
Antonio Berni

 

Dear Friends,

Traveling from one side of the Mediterranean Sea back to the other - from Spain to Morocco and back - provides a vivid appreciation of the way the histories of these countries are intertwined. Not merely during the time of the Nasrid sultans of Andalusia, but also during the Spanish occupation of Morocco and during the military coup led by Franco in 1936 that began in Spanish occupied Morocco and came northward to inaugurate the Spanish Civil War. Even so now, when unemployment racks both sides of the sea - from Barcelona to Fez. That is the heart of the story which I am shar

Refugees, Titans

Submitted by admin on Fri, 06/30/2017 - 19:47
Yasmine Hadni

 

Dear Friends,

The United Nations' refugee agency - UNHCR - has offered a stark number: that the world's refugees now number close to 66 million. That makes refugees the 21st largest country in the world. A study shows that by 2020, it is likely that the refugee population will be at 2 billion. This is not an alarmist figure. It is one that should be taken very seriously.

My report at Alternet this week is on the ongoing refugee crisis, with stories from the Sahara, but also on the failed project of dealing with refugees through the lens of 'security' and not 'humanity'. It quotes from the

The Final Administration

Submitted by admin on Fri, 06/23/2017 - 21:37
Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain

 

Dear Friends,

The image above is from Gaudi's spectacular Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. Jesus says to Judas, 'you have also betrayed me'. But he turns a bit too far and looks at us - those who enter the church - rather than Judas. This is a sculpture of complicity as much as betrayal. It reminds us of the dangers of silence when dangerous noises threaten our world.

This week, at Alternet, I have an essay on the Trump administration as The Final Administration. The worry here is the great disregard by this government to two of the gravest threats to the planet's longevity - climate catastr

Qatar, Saudi, Trump
Qatar, Saudi, Trump
admin Thu, 06/08/2017 - 11:44

 

Dear Friends,

In Turkey last night there was a demonstration in Istanbul in solidarity with Qatar. The Turkish parliament voted to hasten deployment of thousands of its troops to the emirate. Meanwhile, Iraqi forces have moved to the Saudi border. Iran has pledged to supply Qatar with food and water, while Qatar Airlines flights have diverted their routes through Iranian and Turkish air-space.

The Saudi-Emirati drive against Qatar is not new and nor should it come as a surprise. Nor should the Turkish push to protect its ally - both patrons of the Muslim Brotherhood.

At Alternet, I have a